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Only days in to the new year, Canadian political elites are finding out that ruling by edict, abusing legislative processes while holding on to phantom majorities, and catering solely to economic interests is leading to social chaos.
The premier of Ontario, literally hiding from his responsibilities, dictates by remote control while teachers fight back against labour legislation that is probably illegal under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
In Ottawa, the Harper regime has ignited a movement by First Nations peoples who are standing up against his legislative abuses with Bill C-45 and the Omnibus Bill-C-38, among others, that gut environmental protections of lakes, rivers, and lands for the benefit of global corporations, and which deny the duty to consent with First Nations.
The movement is also inspired by centuries of racism and colonialism that the Harper regime is continuing.
Too many Canadians, if even aware, are too ready to say this all affects other people. Yet it is clear that our governments have no inclination to do anything other than administer the demands of global corporations and their sycophants which is leading to the continuation of racism, colonialism, and the imposition of edicts meant to silence opposition to their agenda.
When you add up what Harper alone is responsible for: prorogations of parliament to sidestep a probe into torture allegations against Canadian soldiers and possible loss of political power, millions spent on the F-35 fighter jet, millions on increased militarism, blocking efforts to stop global warming, election tampering, it’s a wonder more Canadians aren’t hunger striking.
On the program Friday, Harry Fear, documentary maker and activist living in Gaza, was in the studio with local activist Mohammed Almoayad to talk about his experiences and work in Gaza covering life of another people who have endured great injustice.
Here, Fear describes his work in Gaza, life there, the political realities on the ground, and the effects of violence perpetrated by Israel as well as the ongoing blockade on the people and especially the children. He explains that the goal of his work is to make Gaza relevant to western audiences:
IDLE NO MORE
Friday, a meeting was held between First Nations leaders and Prime Minister Harper and maybe the Governor General to try and find a way to resolve the conflict caused by the Harper government with passage of laws that strip environmental protection from lakes rivers and lands, legislation which infringes on rights of First Nations who are guaranteed a duty to prior consent by the government.
The movement Idle No More gathered thousands in Ottawa and more in cities across the country including Windsor which witnessed a Round Dance in the CAW Student Centre just earlier this afternoon.
In support of Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike, KAIROS, has initiated a solidarity fast and a letter campaign for Canadians to take part in. On the phone from Toronto was Katy Quinn, Indigenous Rights Program Coordinator at KAIROS.
She spoke about the work of the organization and her’s as Indigenous Rights Coordinator, and of the solidarity fast:
“As Negotiating Tables Legitimize Canada’s Colonialism”
By: Russell Diabo
Track played on air: “Hate Street Dialogue”: